• Short Summary

    Seventeen of Japan's
    toughest young mountaineers tested their strength and nerve in a demanding rock
    climbing competition held recently in the Japan Alps National Park, about 130
    miles (208 km) north west of Tokyo.

  • Description

    Seventeen of Japan's
    toughest young mountaineers tested their strength and nerve in a demanding rock
    climbing competition held recently in the Japan Alps National Park, about 130
    miles (208 km) north west of Tokyo. The Japanese climbers are hoping the
    competition will eventually be included in the Winter Olympic Games.

    The climbers had to clamber up a 60-metres high cliff-face, almost vertical, and
    overhanging in places. It was chosen to fully test the finest climbers.

    This section of the Japan Alps is 2,800 metres (8,400 ft) above sea level.

    Judges were ??? each climb and taking into account each performer's apparent
    strength of arms and legs, speed and general technique.

    When the first competitor reached the summit, he broke out a flag. Rock climbing
    is one of the most popular sports in Japan, and the Japan Alps caters for the
    hardiest and most skilled performers.

    The fact is it is hard to avoid becoming a rock climber in Japan because three
    quarters of the country is mountainous. The teeming crush of cities like Tokyo,
    the Japanese capital, and the regimentation and routine of Industrial life there
    help to explain why so may Japanese delight in the quiet and the rigours of
    climbing. The air is better up there, as well.

    During the climbing season as many as two million people flock to the Japan
    Alps, which are renowned for their ruggedness and their danger - every year
    climbers fall to their death. While they look similar to the initiated eye, rock
    climbing and mountain climbing are very different, though mountaineers use rock
    climbing as part of their training.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA7YPP3Z3T4AEHXQ4NZ5VE3CND
    Media URN:
    VLVAA7YPP3Z3T4AEHXQ4NZ5VE3CND
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/10/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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